Friday, January 22, 2010

Branching out into Boudoir....

I have decided that I will now offer tasteful Boudoir photography. I had a session yesterday and it was sooo much fun. My style is very clean and sweet, not raunchy in any way. It's a great feeling to make a woman feel good about herself and give her something that she will cherish forever. I will be creating a new blog and new branding for this division of my business. Stay tuned for more information! I'm so excited!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Valentines Day is sneaking up FAST!

I didn't get the time to send out Christmas cards. Besides as much as I would like to be really good at mailing things I.am.just.not.
So...in a continuous effort to fight my own failing attemps to be better at it...I am way ahead of the game! I did a session with my kids the other day for our Valentines cards that was nothing short of a miracle. It was beautiful and I was stunned. Ever hear the saying that a plumber's pipes are always leaking or a contractor's house is always in need of repair? Well a photographers child is always RUNNING from the camera - at a very high rate of speed in the OTHER direction! If you do manage to hold them still whether by strong netting or being fast with the duct tape you will be LUCKY to get a smile out of them. It's just what it is and it stinks. But since I got lucky and DID get some sweet stuff I'm actually going to send them out ON TIME. I even have the envelopes addressed!
Here is one version...(I can't show the actual card because then it would ruin the surprise for those that will get them in the mail.)

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and here are just a few more peeks from that miraculous session!
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365 project

Day 19
You've got a friend in me. :)
My sons toys always somehow inspire me. It might be my active imagination or just the fact that they are so colorful and I love how he can sit at the table and have conversations between them for hours. He's very creative in how he plays and it's really entertaining. Tonight he was playing with his Toy Story set and Buzz Lightyear was saving the little martians from the evil guy, Zurg. :)
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Saturday, January 16, 2010

Really? Is it really the 16th!? of 2010?

Time goes by so fast. Life is so busy with activity and deadlines and obligations...and taking pictures of other people's adorable kids. I find that most of the time my own kids don't get their picture taken very often anymore. It's alot more work now that I know all the things about taking a great picture. No more putting them on the couch and snapping a picture quickly that I would have been perfectly happy with. Those days are gone and I miss them. Now I have to put them in sweet little outfits and make a dang Portrait Session out of it! I am sure they hate it. So sure in fact that I used to be able to get genuine sweet smiles out of them but now I've had to resort to the "bribery beans" and pray the bribery works!! That brought me to day 13...the "Bribery Beans". These ARE in fact magic beans and they do work..most of the time. I encourage all moms everywhere to get a bribery bean container and keep it handy at all times. For portrais or snapshots or to avoid the impending tantrum in the Target aisles....it will save your life. ;0)

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and that brings me to day 14....when I mention the beans....the little finger presses toward her cheek (the sign for candy) and she promptly went over and sat down in my pile of pettiskirts....see the bribery bean worked..
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Friday, January 15, 2010

Pixels in Your Pocket

Some of you who follow my facebook know that I have a "column" of sorts called Pixels In Your Pocket. I like to post helpful tips and hints for everyday people who just need some pointers for taking pictures. I haven't done one in a long time and this will be the first posted on my blog! yay!


I was inspired by a materntity session that I booked today and so I started creating some "what to wear" guides. I started with a maternity couple and then I did a family and a senior girl's outfit as well.
If you know me you know that I like to tell people to think of the couches at Ikea or Pottery Barn and try to visualize how they usually will have 6-7 very different pillows all over them...yet somehow they all go together. So today I thought it would be fun to put the pillows to action!
These pillows can be purchased at Pottery Barn. They are beautiful aren't they? I just want to sit there and read a book.

Another tip when dressing yourself or your family: Try to dress yourself in something that you wouldn't necessarily be able to wear everyday but that in your daydreams...you would. Don't wear something that would be everyday wear. Dream a little! It's fun!

Imagine these colors outside with grassy fields, fallen trees that you could sit on, maybe a bridge or old building and lots of pretty sunlight. It might be cold outside but these colors will bring a warmth to your walls all year long.

This one is LITTLE! ~ I hope you can see it!! I messed up when making it..I'll have to remake it later. :)
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Tuesday, January 12, 2010

365/12

I love the rain. I love the smell of it, the sound of it, the way it cleanses the landscapes. I even love the gentle quiet it provides in my busy life. It forces me to stay inside and be still if even for a moment. It's not raining here. Not outside.
~My faith is a gift. I am ever so grateful that when it rains here and I cannot see that I know without a doubt that He can.

I've had my studio set up to do some newborn sessions and in the meantime I've been enjoying the last light of day with kids. It comes through my windows and creates an amazing light that is perfect. Here is Ava playing with her Gramma-ma's old jewelry. She loved it!


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Monday, January 11, 2010

365/11

"It is not a slight thing when they who are so fresh from God, love us" - Charles Dickens

That's all. :)
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Sunday, January 10, 2010

365/9/10

The last few days have been so busy so I've found it hard to take a photo. BUT..I have to give myself some wiggle room with having 3 kids and a busy photography business so when there are busier times I thought it would be fun to dig up some older photos to use. Kind of like the old saying "make new friends but keep the old"...."take new pics but remember the old"...these are both never seen before...

This is one of my favorite "behind the scenes" photos and I do have alot of them. Here Daddy is sweetly caressing and loving his baby girls to help me get the shot. It's just such a sweet capture. We never were able to get this shot however. The girls just really wanted their Daddy in this one.
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This is my first family session ever and they were taken on my D40. This is a friend from way back in Jr. High and we hadn't seen eachother since then. She was brave enough to let me practice on her family and it turned out really well. These were some that we thought would be fun at the end of the session. She's such a fun person and the kids are so cool that these are totally fitting for their family...
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Friday, January 8, 2010

365/8

Today I am the mom of a 6 year old. My first child, my little boy. The one who made me a mother after all the tears and heartache and waiting. The little guy who made my dream of being a mommy come true. I could not have imagined the joy that this kid would bring. The laughs and personality he offers are endless. Yesterday was last time he looked at me as a five year old and today marks a whole new year of getting to know him as he grows and being a part of all his adventures. He is amazingly musical and this morning I caught him practicing with his guitar all on his own. Happy Birthday Connor!
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Thursday, January 7, 2010

365 day 7

I'm so thankful. So so so very thankful...that she is mine. I could not have asked for a more perfect daughter. It's a miracle that she is ours. The road to her was long and wet with tears. There were moments we doubted, moments of great faith, and moments of immense growth in ourselves and the power of God. She. Is. Mine.
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Wednesday, January 6, 2010

365 - I'm keeping up WOot!

Day 6 - I'm so so thankful for a new Bible study about the book of Daniel - I can't wait to dive in and grow. And that each and every morning my husband makes me a quad latte that would make Starbuck's jealous.
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Day 5 - In a hard year I was blessed by a friend. She lives in Norway and we met through a mutual interest in baby wearing. She is very talented mama! We have been writing eachother for about a year and a half now and everytime I get an email from her my heart smiles huge. We exchange Christmas gifts because we want to, because it's fun and we have grown to love eachother. This year she has knit us all a pair of socks and mittens! She even made Ave the most beautiful sweater with metal clasps! She just warms my heart and I can't tell you in as many words how thankful I am for her and her genuine heart. I love you Carina!!!
Ps. Can I just say how hard it was to line their feet up next to mine! Gosh you would have thought I asked them to build me a house with a spoon! I'm not. even. kidding. LOL!
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Monday, January 4, 2010

365 - Playing catch up!

This will start off my 365 days of Thankfulness! I'm excited and hope that I can actually carry through the whole year!

Day 1 - I'm thankful for a little girl who looks out the window in excitement to see if Daddy is home yet.
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Day 2 - I'm thankful for a little boy who looks at the world like his playground...and that I get to be the one to tell him that his shoes are on the wrong feet! LOL!
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Day 3 - I'm thankful for a man who cares more about the good of the child then what others will think about him...he isn't afraid to wear a baby. :)
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Day 4 - I'm thankful for genuine and loving Grandparents who give such a true love that my kids flock to them even though they see them but once or twice a year.
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